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  • tom_d's Avatar
    11-08-2018, 08:34 PM
    I've made mine with four screws and some with six. On thin wall tubing the more contact points the better. You're right, not much more than hand...
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    11-08-2018, 05:36 PM
    Yes, go with the spider. Attach a piece of bar stock, one inch diameter or what have you, to a three spoke backing plate that fits between the jaws...
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    11-03-2018, 10:50 PM
    tom_d replied to a thread Unknown Lathe in General
    Can you post some pictures of the lathe? A few shots of the cross feed would help to determine how best to remove the screw. Where this is such a...
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    11-02-2018, 11:42 PM
    tom_d replied to a thread Problem with Lathe in General
    Some random thoughts here; First off, the 13" Craftsman is a wonderful little lathe. That said, it also makes a great magnifying glass. The...
    25 replies | 793 view(s)
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    10-31-2018, 08:47 PM
    tom_d replied to a thread Diesel Fuel In The Shop? in General
    It's safe to store in your shop. Just treat it with the same respect as all your other combustibles. It's the same as #2 heating oil, and we...
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  • tom_d's Avatar
    10-28-2018, 02:11 AM
    Yes, that thing could come in handy. It would also make for a good school shop project. Either clean up what's there, or start from scratch with a...
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    10-28-2018, 01:27 AM
    Are you saying that in your best Rodney Dangerfield voice? Yes, there are some great photos of some good looking stuff he's making. Definitely...
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    10-14-2018, 06:52 PM
    tom_d replied to a thread E-Bay mill power feed??? in General
    The blue knob with red center on the front, located right where an easier to use lever would be. It's labeled DIRECTION-CONTROL
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    10-14-2018, 06:44 PM
    tom_d replied to a thread E-Bay mill power feed??? in General
    My Chinglish translator is a bit rusty, but yes, they are referring to a limited duty cycle. Their power feed is the "product" and the "fever" is a...
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    10-08-2018, 06:06 PM
    tom_d replied to a thread E-Bay mill power feed??? in General
    This is sometimes referred to as a "hunting tooth" gear profile.
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    10-05-2018, 12:00 AM
    tom_d replied to a thread whats it worth? in General
    Have you listened to the lathe run under power? Those machines had a motor/generator system for power. If the lathe is rare in your area, I would...
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    10-03-2018, 01:17 AM
    tom_d replied to a thread OT-somewhat- digital VOM in General
    A somewhat lighter take on the subject: :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFTQxWlMGeE
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    09-25-2018, 09:19 PM
    Add a dial indicator to monitor the position of the tool as you move from one thread to the next, and follow J Teirs suggestion about cutting each...
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    09-25-2018, 05:40 PM
    Yes, lack of clearance under the cutting edge could be giving you problems. And as "RMinMN" has pointed out, the stock is now much weaker as you cut...
    18 replies | 1085 view(s)
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    09-25-2018, 12:34 AM
    tom_d replied to a thread Help with motor in General
    Having the old motor re-wound and adding a VFD would be my easy way out. How much room do you have in the cabinet base for a single phase motor of...
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    08-28-2018, 12:27 AM
    tom_d replied to a thread Help ID cutting bits in General
    Yes, hand ground cutters for a lathe. And when plunge cutting to their full width they will also work well as a teaching aid to demonstrate tool...
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  • tom_d's Avatar
    08-28-2018, 12:14 AM
    Don't forget us little people as you're off hobnobbing with royalty. :cool: And a car show too? Bring a camera!
    45 replies | 2399 view(s)
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